Sans McDonald and Smith, Eagles limp into Palmetto Ridge

WRESTLING 3rd annual Chase Life Tourney features 25 teams BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com While Central, Hernando, Nature Coast Technical and Weeki Wachee rest, F.W. Springstead returns to mats this weekend for the two-day, 25-team 3rd annual Chase Life Wrestling Tournament at Naples-Palmetto Ridge. According to tourney director David Parmenter, the event is named in honor of a beloved Palmetto Ridge junior varsity Chase Hoover, whose life was cut short to…

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Behind Betters’ hat trick, Springstead eliminates Pasco, 4-0

  3A-II GIRLS SOCCER Eagles tie Hernando County record with its 20th win, first regional shutout BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Pasco High’s finest girls’ soccer campaign in a decade concluded Thursday night at Booster Stadium behind Springstead junior Sammy Betters’ three-goal hat trick, 4-0. Betters, who arrived as Hernando County’s leading scorer with 45 goals, tallied at 29, 49 and 72nd minutes. Sophomore Kimberly Gibson scored her…

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Hernando’s Lane rules in District 5 Meet

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING NCT’s Gentz, Rentas also qualify for states BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NEW PORT RICHEY – At the conclusion of Wednesday’s 3½-hour, 22-team District 5 Girls Weightlifting Meet at River Ridge Middle/High School, the 103-lifter field was reduced to 30 state qualifiers. The collateral damage included 19 of Hernando County’s 22 lifters being ousted. The county will be represented in the 12th annual FHSAA State Finals by three lifters,…

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Pirates invade town, seek supreme upset over Lady Eagles

GIRLS SOCCER Pasco paced by Auburn’s D-I signee Ashton Brock BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For just the fourth time in Dade City-Pasco’s girls soccer history the Lady Pirates have reached the regional round of the state playoffs. The Class 3A, District 8 runner-up Pirates (12-4-2) hadn’t reached regionals in a decade, but are 2-3 lifetime. They’re led by University of Auburn commit Ashton Brock’s 41 goals and 12 assists. At…

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Eighth-seeded Bears shock top-seeded ’Canes in PKs, 2-1

BOYS SOCCER Hornets, Eagles, Sharks also win setting up an all-Hernando Co. semifinal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For the first time in 35 winters, four Hernando County boys soccer teams have reached the identical semifinal round. In the first of four Class 3A, District 7 quarterfinals at Shark Tank Stadium, eighth-seeded Central (3-14-2 overall) sent shock waves through the entire bracket by sacking top-seeded Citrus (14-3-3 overall) via…

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Heavy metal drama awaits at District 5 Meet at River Ridge

  GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Only top three finishers in each weight class, reach states BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Twenty-two Hernando County female weightlifters will attempt to advance to the FHSAA’s ultimate platform Wednesday evening at the District 5 Meet at River Ridge Middle/High School’s enormous gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m. At stake are coveted state berths — top three in each of the 10 weight classes — to automatically qualify for…

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Hi HernandoSport.com friends and fans: Joe and I sincerely hope that the community we’ve lived in for years enjoys the HernandoSport.com Web site we’ve created. We think so. In one week’s time of our debut, we’ve received nearly 3,000 online views. We’ve constructed the HernandoSport.com with the desire of keeping our local athletic programs where they should be – at the forefront of discussion and participation. Most of us are tired of outsiders, explaining we have x-amount…

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Sharks, Eagles limp into 3A-7 Tournament at NCT

BOYS SOCCER Top-seeded Citrus expected to face red-hot WWHS in semis BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com Five Hernando County male soccer teams will begin their state title trek beginning Monday during the 9-team, single-elimination Class 3A, District 7 Tournament at Nature Coast Technical High School. Through 36 winters, no previous county team has-ever reached the FHSAA’s Final Four in any classification. The 39th annual FHSAA Finals will again be held nearly…

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2014-15 FINAL BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2014-15 Hernando County Boys Soccer Standings RK. TEAM W L T TP 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$ 5 0 3 18 2. Spring Hill-Springstead 4 1 3 15 3. Weeki Wachee 3 3 2 11 4. Brooksville-Central 2 4 2 8 5. Brooksville-Hernando 1 7 0 3 TOTALS 15 15 10 $ Denotes Hernando County champion. 2014-15 Class 3A, District 7 Boys Soccer Standings RK. TEAM…

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No second helpings for Pirates as Eagles sweep Anclote Duals Challenge

  WRESTLING   Springstead collects six gold medals, four silvers   BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com   HOLIDAY – Just over a month ago at the 33-team Brooksville-Kiwanis Invitational Tournament at Hernando, Dade City-Pasco spoiled the Springstead’s eight-year championship grip in that event by 53 points, 214.0-161.0.   At the conclusion of Saturday night’s nine-hour, 12-team, fifth annual Anclote Duals Challenge, the Eagles returned the favor.   Springstead, Tarpon Springs-East Lake,…

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Betters delivers clutch goal in final two minutes as Lady Eagles nip Cobras, 2-1

  GIRLS SOCCER Springstead claims seventh district title in thriller BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com SPRING HILL – In Springstead’s 499th career tilt,  the top-seeded Lady Eagles faced the same opponent it faced on Day 1 of its program debut on Nov. 30, 1990: Hudson. For only the third time in 25 seasons, SHS tangled with the third-seeded Lady Cobras in a district title match. The others were doozies. After the…

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Contegiacomo’s stock rising with NCT Sharks

WRESTLING Coming off OSW effort at Combs Duals, closing in on 100 wins BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com After a decade of mat competition involving 122 varsity competitors, Nature Coast Technical’s program has produced four grapplers with 100 career victories, featuring: Sean Nguyen (148), Carter Bolesta (133), Tyler Forand (118) and Scott Cronin (104). That tiny fraternity is expected to accept two more members — senior Mark Espinosa and junior Anthony…

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Eagles seek Pirates rematch at Anclote Challenge

WRESTLING NCT, HHS journey to Rob Hermann Cup By TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com Three of the county’s mat programs – Springstead, Nature Coast Technical and Hernando – hit the road this weekend. Springstead will take part in Saturday’s 12-team, fifth-annual Anclote Challenge in Holiday. Meanwhile, NCT and Hernando head to Inverness Friday for the two-day, nine-team Rob Hermann Cup Duals at Citrus High. Hermann Cup 101 The Hermann Cup field features:…

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In a photo finish, NCT three-peats over WWHS, 55-51

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING   In closest-ever county meet, SHS crowns 4 champs BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In “History of the World: Part I” Mel Brooks uttered the now famous, ‘It‘s good to be king.’” Similarly, Nature Coast Technical’s girls weightlifting team knows the feeling. In Wednesday’s closest-ever Hernando County Championship Meet at Weeki Wachee – where the top four teams were separated by six points – the Lady Sharks…

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Lady Eagles rally past stubborn Sharks, 2-1

GIRLS SOCCER SHS will tangle with Hudson in Friday’s finale By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com SPRING HILL – During Wednesday night’s first of two tense Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tournament semifinals, arrived the tourney’s first upset. Third-seeded Hudson (18-5-2) rallied from behind to overcome archrival and second-seeded Fivay (15-5-3) at Booster Stadium, 3-1. n the nightcap, top-seed and host Springstead (18-1-1) also rallied to oust the two-time defending district…

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Lady Eagles, Sharks clash in 3A-7 semis

GIRLS SOCCER   Fivay, Hudson battle in Wednesday’s other semifinal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – The Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tournament quarterfinals held serve Tuesday at Booster Stadium. There were no upsets as all four of the highest seeded teams won. In the early tilts, third-seeded Hudson (17-5-2 overall) dismantled sixth-seeded Inverness-Citrus (5-12-2) in 55 minutes via the mercy rule, 8-0. Next, senior Alex Christianson scored…

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Lady Sharks heavily-favored to three-repeat

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Five-team county championship Wednesday at Weeki Wachee BY TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com History is in the offing for the Nature Coast Technical Lady Sharks. NCT (2-1-1 overall) arrives Wednesday afternoon at the 14th Hernando County Championship Meet at Weeki Wachee’s gymnasium, attempting to go where the Brooksville-base program has never achieved: a county three-peat. The Sharks are coming off a sub-par Sub-District Meet last week at Bushnell-South Sumter….

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